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About doug52

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  • Location
    Laguna Hills and Big Bear, Ca.
  • Interests
    Cruising of course, Tennis, Pickleball
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, Princess and Paul Gauguin
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    French Polynesia

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  1. We are arriving two nights before our cruise and taking the ferry over to Moorea to stay. Its not a bad idea to get in early. Not sure about ATN's history, we took it once before and it was fine.
  2. French Polynesia has now joined Greece allowing independent excursions at the various ports, see below from their Website: Exceptions where guests are allowed ashore to explore on their own: Greece and French Polynesia/Tahiti. Now, can start looking into private excursions for our upcoming trip in October. Just hope this doesn't change back. Doug
  3. Shirley, please join our small roll call for this cruise. Doug
  4. That's good to hear. We have booked our first two Windstar cruises for this October to French Polynesia and next May to Alaska on the Sea Breeze. And, I am still concerned for both, but especially this October's cruise. Customer service is more important than almost anything relating to a cruise in my opinion. And, Windstar gets such high marks from almost everyone here on CC. Thanks for your comments. Doug
  5. Windstar Star Breeze 11 night Society Islands/Tuamotu islands October 17, 2021. Plus two nights at the Sofitel Moorea prior and one night after at Manava on Tahiti. While we prefer private excursions, we will put up with Windstar excursions to just get back to cruising. Looking forward to comparing Windstar's totally renovated motor cruise ship to the fabulous Paul Gauguin we traveled on a few years ago.
  6. ...cruisers would ride or is it beggars?
  7. I will chime in. We really look forward to hopefully South Pacific this year on the virtually new Breeze and follow up on the Breeze in '22 to Alaska. Love having this small luxury ship at least part of the time on the left coast. And, my apologies to Jazzbeau on my previous post. I had to go back and read the forum rules to see that I had encouraged emails that was improper. It had been too long since I had read them. Will not happen again. Doug
  8. Yes, as I said in my initial post, this is the Star Breeze. We are reluctant to sail on the Sailing ships due to cabin size and my Wife's feeling her sea sickness will be worse in open waters. And one of my initial points was that I was comparing Paul Gauguin to Star breeze, two similar size cruise ships, not sailing ships. And, of course this is based on the cruise sailing, I have my doubts as well. But that doesn't mean I put my head in the sand and just wait this out. We have our vaccines and are ready to cruise if this one goes. And if it does, this is a great price, which
  9. I started looking at Windstar versus Paul Gauguin to do a Society Island and Tuamotu cruise. And, what led me to Windstar was their price and the fact that they had just completed the major renovation of the Star Breeze. So, when I called my TA, she quoted me a price based on a promotion they were doing with Windstar. So, I thought I would share what I got versus the price shown on Windstar's website: Windstar 10/17/21 11 day Society Island and Tuamotu S1 ocean view cabin $4,299 plus 133 tax = $4,432 per person and there is a perk offered currently by Windstar
  10. Yes, I just checked and Dr Poole is offered on our stop in Moorea. Since we have already done a jet ski tour there and a fantastic atv tour of the island, this may be our best alternative for Moorea. Thanks, Doug
  11. OK, I may have to look at Jet skiing in Raitea. Last trip we took a full jet ski tour around Moorea and while we liked it, the young guy guide went full out almost the entire trip. It was too much, we were with 3 other couples,younger, that seemed to enjoy the speed. We would have enjoyed a more leisurely trip with some speed but not for the entire time. And, I know Patrick's tour sounds somewhat hokey, but if offered I think we would take it for a change of pace. Windstar is offering a tour for 6 hours that sounds similar to Patrick's. We did enjoy a private
  12. Great input, we will go with the deep water snorkel unless Ato is available. We can handle strenuous, and we would get bored with the Blue Lagoon also. I may reach out to Ato, as well, and encourage him to approach Windstar. We loved Pure Snorkeling on Bora Bora and will look to do a similar excursion with Windstar. Does Windstar use Patrick on Bora Bora? If so, we will also do his excursion on our other day there. We previously did a smaller tour, similar to Patrick's, on our previous trip. And, we will do Windstar's Aquarium tour on Rangiroa.
  13. Petoonya, thanks for the input. We do plan to do the Coral Garden tour from the Motu and already have rash guards and water shoes from our PG cruise. As to Fakarava, Windstar offers a 4 hour snorkeling tour at Blue Lagoon or a 1.5 hour snorkeling tour at Pufuna for about the same price. I am leaning toward doing the Blue Lagoon for the extra time and Windstar calls Pufuna strenuous and Blue Lagoon moderate. What has been your experience? Thanks, Doug
  14. Congrats on getting in right under the wire. Thanks for the input on the Safari Expedition, it sounds like a good choice for a land visit to one of the ports versus all snorkel stops. Plus, we always look for excursions with just a few people per vehicle versus the large bus tour. Thanks, Doug
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